Trends in First Names Foreshadowed Hillary Clinton’s Electoral Defeat
- Author(s): Ghirlanda, Stefano
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.21237/C7clio0033703
I examine trends in the popularity of first names around the years of USA presidential elections, showing that the names 'Hillary' and 'Hilary' decreased abruptly by more than 90% in popularity following the 1992 election of Hillary Clinton's husband Bill. I show that this outcome is unique to the 1992 election, and argue that it may evidence a "dislike" for Hillary Clinton's public image among both Democratic and Republican voters, which may have eventually contributed to Hillary Clinton's losing the 2016 presidential election.